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Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:12 pm
Edited on: February 23, 2012 9:44 pm
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By Matt Snyder


Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has won his appeal and will not serve a suspension for a positive drug test late last season, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. This means arbitrator Shyam Das ruled Braun was not guilty in his failed test -- which showed elevated testosterone levels.

The appeal was held in front of Major League Baseball, the MLB Players Association and Das, a third-party arbitrator. The chain of custody of the sample is where Braun won the appeal. His side argued it was improperly handled and there must have been enough evidence to convince Das.

The sample in question was collected on Oct. 1, a Saturday and the day the Brewers opened the NL playoffs. The collector did not send the sample to the laboratory until Monday, thinking it would be more secure at home than at a Federal Express office during the weekend. Baseball's drug agreement states that "absent unusual circumstances, the specimens should be sent by FedEx to the laboratory on the same day they are collected."

Major League Baseball, for one, is not happy. Here's the statement released by MLB executive vice president for labor relations Rob Manfred:

Braun wins appeal
“Major League Baseball considers the obligations of the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program essential to the integrity of our game, our Clubs and all of the players who take the field. It has always been Major League Baseball’s position that no matter who tests positive, we will exhaust all avenues in pursuit of the appropriate discipline. We have been true to that position in every instance, because baseball fans deserve nothing less.

“As a part of our drug testing program, the Commissioner’s Office and the Players Association agreed to a neutral third party review for instances that are under dispute. While we have always respected that process, Major League Baseball vehemently disagrees with the decision rendered today by arbitrator Shyam Das.”

Travis Tygart, chief executive officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, called the decision "a real gut-kick to clean athletes."

Das has been baseball's independent arbitrator since 2000 and this is the first successful drug test-related appeal.

Positive tests for performance-enhancing drugs have been relatively rare under the major league testing program, with just two others in 2011: Tampa Bay outfielder Manny Ramirez and Colorado Rockies catcher Eliezer Alfonzo. Ramirez at first retired rather than face a 100-game suspension for a second positive test. Now that he wants to play again and since he missed most of last year, he will only need to serve a 50-game penalty.

Braun has maintained his innocence since word of his positive test leaked after the Winter Meetings. Sources told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler that when Braun found out he had tested positive for a banned substance he requested a second test, which came up negative. Braun then appealed the first failed test, and the results were supposed to stay confidential, but an ESPN report outed Braun's test on December 10 and the story has been lingering since then.

Braun, 28, won the NL MVP in 2011 when he hit .332/.397/.597 with 33 homers, 111 RBI and 109 runs for the NL Central-winning Brewers. He will join his teammates in Brewers camp Friday, as scheduled.

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Comments

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:24 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Boy he must of paid a hefty price for that one ,exspecially since Prince isn't there no more.He still fake no matter if he won his appeal.



Since: Apr 20, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Only minorities get suspended!!!



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:23 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Why the hell would Major League Baseball want Braun to be suspended if he's innocent?  Furthermore, he is a great young player who kids everywhere can look up to.  AND MLB WANTS TO TAIN THIS PLAYER'S NAME????



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

MLB's statement is disappointing.  If you would have won, you would have heralded the Arbitrator.  Play by the rules baseball, you lost so get over it!



Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

I told everybody!!!!!!!! Nothing about Ryan Braun seemed like he was on steriods and NOBODY would be stupid enough to fail a drug test at the levels he supposedly failed his. Congratulations Ryan, some of us fans knew you were innocent from day one.



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:22 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Hey Codeine... looks like you're from that area.  Anything more they are saying about it up there?



Since: Oct 25, 2011
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Surprised Something smells funny here



Since: Jan 24, 2010
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:20 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

A little bit shocked that he won the appeal. He probably got off easy with it. 



Since: Jun 29, 2007
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

Justice prevails.  Time for lawsuit.



Since: Aug 15, 2009
Posted on: February 23, 2012 5:19 pm
 

Braun wins appeal, won't be suspended

never thought anyone wins appeals.


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